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What will we do?

There is some argument as to whether we will achieve eternal life when we die, be resurrected or reincarnated.

Reincarnation I can live with since the inference is that we will be reborn as another entity. Whether that entity is animal or insect, the supposition is that we will live ‘eternally’ but in very small slices as something or someone different. Although there have been attempts to prove reincarnation by hypnosis and past life regression, there have been too many King Henries, too many Queen Elizabeths and not enough serfs and slaves for any conviction. Presumably we are reincarnated totally ignorant of what we may have been before. My only reservation about reincarnation is that, if it is the soul that is transferred in the process, where do all the new souls come from? After all, there are far more people alive today than there were 2,000 years ago.

Resurrection is something I find very difficult to accept. What is there to be resurrected? Are we condemning to eternal non existence all those people we cremate each day? To where will we be resurrected? Many people believe that this Earth will be made into Paradise and we will all live happily on it for ever more. I suppose there are enough barren areas to be converted to living space and God is certainly powerful enough to adjust the climate so that we all enjoy the weather we enjoy and confound the physical rules mankind has attributed to the known universe..

Eternal life in some place called Heaven, be it a mansion with many rooms or a fantastic place that will accommodate everybody is probably the least easy concept to grasp. I suppose we should also consider eternal life in some place called Hell although my question may not be so relevant there.

The point of this missive is to find out what you think we will do for eternity. I suppose reincarnation will determine our future activities by the nature of what we are reincarnated into but what about resurrection and eternal life? How will we pass the time (if it still exists) or occupy ourselves for eternity? Will we have some sort of community structure that requires that we interact with each other to ensure our continued survival? Will we simply exist for the sake of existing? Will we really spend eternity singing hymns and arias to praise the God who put us there (do we really want such a vainglorious God?)? I don’t suppose many people really believe that we will sprout wings, become accomplished harpists and sit on clouds but, what do you think we will do if we are granted eternal life?

p.s. While you think of an answer, maybe you can tell me at which point in his existence man is considered as worthy of eternal life? Will we be meeting neanderthals, for example?

1 comment to What will we do?

  • What an excellent question. I believe the Bible, the collection of 66 books written by many men over a period of several thousand years, has not just the best answers, but THE answers. Some call me a fool for believing so. Experience and hard study has only served to convince me more than ever in nearly fifty years as a Christian. (I was not born a Christian, but was born again when I put my faith in Jesus Christ.)

    Regarding the resurrection, the best discussion on the matter I have ever read was what the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, found in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. His comparison of the human body to a seed is very good picture of the burial and resurrection of the body.

    Cremation is not the practice considered to be a Christian tradition, but certainly it has no effect on a person being resurrected. If you can accept the fact that the God who created everything is infinite in power, wisdom, presence and knowledge, then he knows where every particle in the universe is and can certainly do what he wants with them, including gathering scattered ashes!

    Some (actually many, today) say I am crazy or very foolish to believe in God, because science has proven he does not exist. The fact is, science has done no such thing. Secular humanism is merely another religion that has put its blind faith in science, including the idea that this vast physical universe could create itself. That is still an amazing idea that requires far more faith than a pre-existing, eternal, uncreated Primary Cause, otherwise known as God. The evidence for such a creator, rather than a self created universe and random accidents, is everywhere you look in the tremendous order in this universe. It does not empirically prove that God exists, but it is such abundant evidence that there IS a Creator that it renders the other side ludicrous. The idea of a self created universe NOT science, but blind faith that denies even the laws of the very universe in which we exist!

    The answer to the questions of how all those who are resurrected to eternal life will “fit” is in the Bible. It will not be the original, but a new heaven and a new earth with no sea. Rev.21:1 .

    The answer to what we will DO is also in the Bible. The Bible says that we cannot begin to imagine the things that are in store for those who are resurrected to eternal life. 1Co 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

    Sadly, there are many others who will also be resurrected, who have decided in life that they do not want to have anything to do with God. 2Pe 3:9 tells us that the reason God gives everyone as much time as he does and the reason he has allowed things to continue as long as he has, rather than finishing everything as he has promised he will, is because he doesn’t want people to spend eternity without him. ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’ By this he means that he wants people to do as he says and come to him by faith through Jesus Christ. Joh 14:6 ‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’

    Those who do not come to God by Jesus Christ, in other words, those who want nothing to do with God (which includes all those who use the name of God in their own ideas about religion, but deny what He says about Himself), WILL be resurrected and WILL exist forever, but their forever is what is called eternal death and is defined as a conscious existence out of the presence of God. That is their choice, and God gives everyone free choice. He does not want robots.

    The place of existence for all who reject God is called the lake of fire. Rev 19:20; 20:10,14,15 and outer darkness. Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30

    Many have tried to take me to task for such a God who would put people in hell and cast it into the lake of fire. Three important points come up from that challenge.
    1.) It is not me who is on trial. I am not God.
    2.) If God is almighty, it is foolish to judge Him. He owns everything and makes the rules.
    3.) If God is a myth, it is foolish to debate the question. However, if there is a 1% chance that he truly IS, then in the face of eternity, that 1% must not be ignored.

    Have a great day and an even better eternity!

    Dave

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